Google makes factory Android 4.2.2 images available for Nexus devices

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After rolling out Android 4.2.2 updates over the last few days to users, Google has now posted their factory images for the latest version on their developer’s site. The factory images are available for the:

The factory images are especially useful for anyone who has been rooting their device, trying out some ROMs, or other similar activities and find themselves needing a “reset” back to stock. The new images give them a path to do that. Another group that may find some immediate benefit are those who did not receive or opted not to install the update that was being pushed out over the last few days. Now they can install Android 4.2.2 from scratch.

If you need the latest files, hit the source link for downloads and instructions.

source: Google Developers

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for nakasi WiFi-only Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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We already posted the download link and instructions to install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) on the takju Galaxy Nexus, and now we have the same for the nakasi Nexus 7, which is the WiFi-only version.

In order to do the update, your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:


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Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now hitting GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 [Update - Nexus 10 as well]

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Owners of Nexus devices will be happy to know that the latest version of Android Jelly Bean is now rolling. We have reports that Android 4.2.2 (build JDQ39) is now hitting the GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7. We don’t have a changelog yet, but we are certain it will contain fixes for Bluetooth streaming, among other things. We haven’t heard word on the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 10 officially receiving the update, but they can’t be too far behind. Make sure to hit your Settings/About Phone (or Tablet)/System Updates to see if you can pull it manually before the automatic over-the-air update takes place. Let us know if you received your update and what device(s) you have.

Update: Looks like Nexus 10 owners are seeing the update as well.

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[Deal] 32GB Nexus 7 is available for $229 plus free shipping from RadioShack

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So what is “RARMNJ1320″ exactly? Well “RARMNJ1320″ is the magic code word  that will get you a 32GB Nexus 7 from RadioShack for just $229. For a limited time, RadioShack is selling the Google flagship tablet for $27 cheaper than what you can get it for from Google themselves who charge $249. On top of this, RadioShack is giving free shipping on the device, while Google usually charges $14 to ship. Added together, that’s a savings of $41 for the 7-inch tablet.

Once you’ve selected your tablet and have gone through the process of adding it to your cart, then you will enter the code word for the deal. Please note that in order to cash in on this deal, you’ll need to type out the entire code word and not simply copy and paste it, otherwise it will not work. The Nexus 7 combines portability and performance in a sleek device and for $229, this is a really great deal. If you haven’t already, check out the source for this incredible deal and lets us know how you’re enjoying your new Nexus 7.

Source: RadioShack

Paranoid Android 3 officially released for Nexus line of smartphones and tablets

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One of the real hidden gems in the ROM community has just been updated to become one of the best apps imaginable. For those of you not familiar, Paranoid distinguishes itself from other custom ROMs because of its “Hybrid Engine”, which allows users to select both dpi and layout on a for each app available on a device—- meaning that instead of users being forced to modify the look of the device UI, users can instead optimize various apps to what works best for each one. While the concept of the app is certainly cool, everyone knows that there is always room for improvement and the developers have certainly delivered. The new Paranoid Android build includes the release of the PIE control system which allows users to disable onscreen buttons and instead, utilize a swipe gesture to access various common functions— giving users some extra screen & display to use. Oh and for you Nexus 4 users: there is a special screen calibration feature available which allows users to greatly optimize the display and allowing for all that content to be displayed with some extra pop.

As of now, this ROM looks like it’s only meant for Nexus users— so if you’re an owner of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10— the new ROM is ready and waiting to be used by you today. Hit the break to check out one (or all) of the source links to get additional info and grab yourselves the ROM— but be sure check out a few of the videos highlighting Paranoid’s neat features first.


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Google to possibly drop NVIDIA’s Tegra processor for Qualcomm CPU in next-gen Nexus 7

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I imagine it’s safe to say we’re all pretty excited for whatever Google plans on doing with its second generation of Nexus 7 tablets. Full HD screen? Brand new version of Android? How about swapping out the NVIDIA manufactured processors for a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip?

Even though NVIDIA’s latest Tegra 4 chip is shaping up to be undoubtedly one of the best processors available for phones and tablets,  rumors are that Google will be opting for a Snapdragon chip instead due to “competitive pricing” and easier 3G/4G integration. Basically, Google wants something cheap and simple, and that’s exactly what the Nexus 7 delivers. And with some analysts predicting Google to move 10 million Nexus 7 tablets this year, that’s quite a chunk of change coming out of NVIDIA’s pocket. If their Tegra processors average between $20 to $25 each, that would turn into over $200 million in lost revenue. Ouch.

It’s not set in stone, like all rumors, but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what changes Google decides to make to their incredibly successful tablet.

source: Barrons

Google and ASUS to unveil second generation Nexus 7 with full HD display at Google I/O

It’s funny, just yesterday I was wondering what Google will do with the Nexus 7 at Google I/O. I automatically thought they would probably step up to a full 1080p HD display, but wasn’t sure about the rest. Well word is they will definitely add a 1080p display to the second generation 7-incher. The other rumor is that it will probably be thinner with a more industrial design. No word on the internals, but since ASUS will be doing this year’s Nexus 7 again, I am thinking we might see the Tegra 4. My other prediction is that we will see last year’s version get a price drop to $149 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. It’s still a very formidable tablet for most people.

As to the version of Android, the sources tell us it will still be Jelly Bean. I am certainly expecting a bigger software bump to Key Lime Pie, but then again, Google could wait until the fall to launch the next big version. That would certainly be a disappointment, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.


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Nexus 7 Beats Out iPad In Japan

A report from Japan’s largest business daily newspaper shows the Nexus 7 has surpassed the iPad in market share. The Nexus 7 had 44.4 percent of the market compared to 40.1 percent for the iPad. The survey for Nikkei was conducted by market research firm BCN who collected information from 2,400 consumer electronics stores in December 2012.

The report cited price as one of the biggest factors for why it was chosen over an iPad. The Nexus 7 is $100 less than the cheapest Apple alternative, the iPad Mini. Keep in mind, Nikkei also reported a huge iPad Mini shortage at the time of the survey. While this report does not represent a resounding market victory for Android, it does verify that more and more people are looking at Android as viable alternative.

Via: CNET
Source: Nikkei

 

 

Google Nexus 7 dock now available and in stock

Late last week it appeared all the people waiting for the Nexus 7 dock to be available had a couple weeks wait ahead of them. In a bit of under-promise, over-deliver, retailer EXcaliberPC.com now has the ASUS produced dock in stock and is accepting order for $39.99. The dock provides a stand for the Nexus 7 that puts it at a nice viewing angle for movies, photos, or reading while charging the device and providing a 3.5mm port for speakers. If you are ready to order the dock for your Nexus 7 device, use the source link below.

source: EXcaliberPC.com

AT&T Offers $100 Credit When Purchasing A HSPA+ Nexus 7 Tablet And Signing Up For 2-Year Agreement

 

Well what do we have here folks? A special offer has just appeared on the Play Store highlighting a $100 bill credit from Ma Bell when purchasing an HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 tablet. As with most special deals— this one initially aims to save AT&T customers an extra dollar or two when signing up for a 2-year contract. Of course customers will quickly realize that they will likely pay far more money in the long run because they are not only paying full price for the 32GB version of the tablet (currently priced at $299), but they will also be stuck paying for a monthly data plan starting at $15 bucks— which really adds up in the long run.

Of course users can always splurge for a WiFi-only option or get the HSPA+ model and look for alternative monthly data options by going the prepaid route, but hey— it’s always nice to have the option of going down the carrier route, right?

source: AT&T